Ciao Bambini Families and Friends! I am so excited for the opportunity to be at Bambini this year as the Movement Specialist.
My name is Tabatha Willard, and I was born and raised in Shawnee, KS. Being the only child and grandchild, allowed me very close relationships to my family. My whole life I longed for siblings and a dinner table full of people, it is one of the reasons why I especially love Bambini's family style dining! From a very young age I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.. a mom, a hairstylist, and a teacher. As a young woman I pursued volunteering and nannying, working for after-school care programs, and working in fashion and beauty stores before attending my first year at the University of Kansas. I loved the Jayhawks; however, I quickly realized I didn’t want the college education and experience that I thought everyone needed. I have always believed in following dreams, trusting your hearts desires and that it is essential to spend time doing the things that make you happy. I am grateful my family supported my move to California where I studied cosmetology at the Vidal Sassoon Hair Acadamy. For 15 years, my career as a hairstylist provided me with so many incredible experiences. I had the opportunity to meet exciting people and time to travel the world. I got to learn more about myself and what I love to do. Doing hair helped me realize what I love most, and that is the relationships I have developed with my clients and their children. My passion for engaging with children became especially clear the last few years as I delved into the art of parenthood myself.
It was also in Los Angeles that I met my son’s dad and I gave birth to my son, Cove! He is the biggest blessing of my life and being his mom is my favorite job so far. I am so grateful to the life we started in LA. After traveling back and forth a lot to visit my family we have decided to make KC our home. It is so important to me to spend time with my family and slow down in life and to be present with the people I love. Also, when my son turned three, I began to realize how much help and support I needed from my family and community. So we moved back this summer and that is when I found Bambini! The moment I walked in the door, I felt my feet planted and knew this would be a new home for Cove and myself. It still gives me the chills!
In many ways, I feel like I am starting over and finding Bambini helped me connect to what I love for my son and myself, a meaningful educational for my son and working with children! This summer Cove attended camp, and I had the chance to observe, learn, and fall in love with the "Bambini way!" When I learned from Ms. B that there was an opening for the Healthy Living Movement Specialist, I expressed my interest right away! My love of movement and play began as a small child, I enjoyed doing 80's work out videos with my mom, in my 20’s kickboxing and cardio classes, training for and completing a marathon, enjoying cycling, ballet, barre, dance, and my greatest love of all, yoga! I have been a yogi for over 10 years, studying various types and taking classes around the world in meditation. Movement for me is a form of play, a way to connect with energy and community and a way to practice centering. I am eager to share my passion with the school community in hopes to inspire and create wonder and curiosity among the children! By engaging with children thru mindful movement and intentional breath work it is my hope that every child will gain an over all sense of well being, peace, confidence, clarity and joy! It is my goal as the Healthy Living Movement Specialist to provide an experience where the children will learn to trust themselves, trust their bodies, and trust their relationships through their practice of movement, play and mediation. Please know it is an honor and a privilege for me to spend time with your children. I am here to support you and your family in any way that I can! This position and role is a dream come true for me, so please keep dreaming and following the desires of your heart, and remind our children to do the same! Namaste.